Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Juliet's First Thanksgiving

Juliet spent her first Thanksgiving with CeCe and Pops in Tupelo. We had a great time! Juliet and I spent lots of time with CeCe, while Justin and Pops trimmed and cut down trees. Juliet was actually sick while we were there...her first time for a major runny nose, congestion and quite fussy. She was so stuffed up that she wouldn't even nurse! Fortunatly I take a pump every time we go out-of-town, so she did take a bottle. CeCe was a big help (even though she has a cast on) and encouraged me through the rough spots with Juliet. Now I know that she didn't have a cold, but she was cutting her eye teeth...ouch. Despite Juliet's fussiness, we still had a great time. Grandparents are impervious to fussy babies...at least both sets of Juliet's grandparents are! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and were joined by good friends of CeCe and Pops. We had good food and fellowship!

This year we are so thankful for family. Our new family. Our parents who love our little one so much. And the knowledge of how much our parents love us!

Love this picture! Daddy's little girl!

The tallest tree pictured is the one of the trees Justin and Pops felled! It is the biggest tree Justin has felled; it was at least 75-80 feet tall. By-the-way, this is Justin's new hobby...yikes.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hanging with the Laney's

It had been since May since we had seen the Laney's. Juliet wasn't sitting up on her own yet and Drew was just taking his first steps. So since we were in Mississippi for Thanksgiving, we went a few days early to spend some quality time with our best friends! We made cookies, played cards, talked until 3:15 in the morning, ate, and played with our children. It was perfect!! Every time we get together we plan how we can be next door neighbors! We miss them so.

We tried a little photo session with Drew and Juliet. Drew is SUCH a great picture taker, Juliet on the other hand, struggles a bit in that area. Juliet is not into sitting still for a photo. We did get some cute ones with them on the train. It was surreal. Taking pictures of our children together. I am so excited about our growing families and look forward to our get-togethers in the future. They are only going to get better and better! Thank you for having us, we LOVED it. And Drew, Juliet appreciates you sharing your toys; you did such a good job! We love you Audra, Andrew and Drew!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

10 Months

Before she reaches 11 months tomorrow, I better post this! Well, this was supposed to go up yesterday...

Juliet is so much fun! Especially for her Daddy! She likes going to him now and gets so excited when he comes in the door. Who wouldn't like that? She is very social and really loves watching other kids.

Juliet is weighing more since solid foods began. She's eating bananas, peas, avocado, yogurt, whole grain cereal, carrots, sweet potato, plums. Almost every day I make a mixture of banana, avocado, yogurt and cereal. It's her favorite. She also likes drinking water from her sippy cup. She's started throwing it down when she's done. I guess the gravity game has begun! When she is full she'll either raise her hands to her mouth or she'll pooch out her lips and let you touch the spoon to her mouth, but she won't open up!

Sleeping has gotten better. We grew weary and one night we realized, hey, she doesn't want us to rock her! So we put her in the crib and she liked in for a few minutes and then that was it. I tried, Justin tired, I tired again and we let her play. Then when she was past tired I tired again with no luck. So...since both of us were frustrated, we decided to let her cry it out for 30 minutes. After 10 minutes of solid crying, she stopped. For the next 20 minutes she would let out a cry and stop. Finally she fell asleep and slept through the night! Since then she has been going down so easy! And most nights she is sleeping through the night (7:30pm-ish to 5:00am-ish). We'll get her pjs on, sometimes read and then kiss her night and lay her down with her blanket and passy, and she is ready to sleep! Yea!!

Juliet is playing more and more by herself. She is a quiet player and unlike me (according to mama and my sister) if I was quiet, I was up to no good. She is really good! There are a few things she cannot resist eating: shoes, magazines, paper, cell phones. Of course everything is still in the mouth, but not everything can go there! She still loves the touch and feel books and knows them by heart. Books are really her favorite toy.
She'll turn the pages over and over again.

She is still crawling and I talked about her "walking" in the previous posts. She likes walking so much that when you stop helping, she cries. One night she was so tired, but kept walking and walking with the push toy. Finally I tried to take her away and of course she started wailing! I stood her back up and she continued to walk, but couldn't stop crying. She was so tired!

This month her church behavior has changed. We have been so lucky that she has been sleeping through most of the service. She is usually out by the Lord's Supper. This month she is still making through services, but not asleep. Yikes! We still have not had to deposit her in the nursery. I'm sure this luck can't last forever!

This parenting thing is fun! We haven't reached the independence or tantrum stage yet though!;)

Y'all, Blogger is being SO difficult, sorry for the messy post. I don't have time to continue to waste! Also, sorry for the misspellings, I cannot find spell check anymore.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

She Did It!

Soon after I wrote yesterday's post, Juliet took her first step! We were outside playing and she let go of my leg and took a steady step to the wall. It was different from the other steps because there was no falling involved, it was a real step! Of course I didn't get a video, but I did run in and get the camera to mark the event.

Juliet is very interested in Lucy these days. We will chase Lucy together and Juliet will laugh and laugh. She also wants to pet her. She's working on her dog sound too! I'm pretty sure she knows that Lucy and dog and the same. When we are in the kitchen and talk about Lucy she looks out the kitchen door where Lucy usually is!

This is Juliet's latest face...she likes to make this face often :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just About

Juliet is just about to walk! She is testing her skills more and more! She loves walking around with assistance. Most of the time she still wants two fingers, but she can walk with one and prefers that you hold her right hand. She will adjust her grip on your finger until it's just right. She walks so fast too! If you stop when she isn't ready, she cries! She is letting go sometimes to grab onto the couch or transfer hands. She has taken a step out, but I has there to catch her. Otherwise she would have just done a face plant Juliet is a walking machine. She walked all the way to Leigh's house (three doors down) and back. She also loves the little push toy. She hasn't figured out how to turn it around and waits or whines until you can turn it around for her. In this picture she is wearing some beads I gave her while I was packing for our trip to Tallahassee. She LOVED them! She wouldn't do anything without them. Justin took them away and set them on the couch, so she could walk better, but she stopped walking and crawled right over to the couch, pulled herself up and reached for the beads. It was so funny! She also loves taking them on and off, on and off. Of course this is a "toy" that needs constant supervision.


Family Time

This month Juliet has been and will be able to spend some quality time with her grandparents and great-grandparents! The month began with a visit from Granddaddy. He has business in town and spent lunch, afternoons and evenings with us for 4 days. Juliet had a ball with Granddaddy. They played CONSTANTLY. Really, it was non-stop! I know that Granddaddy didn't want to leave Juliet, but I'm sure he needed the rest (especially his back)! Granddaddy was able to get Juliet to laugh really good. I was able to get a video of the last part of the laughing session. She had been going for quite some time and in this she is starting to get tired.

This past weekend we went to Tallahassee with Deda and Granddaddy to visit Grandma and Papa and to celebrate Papa's 85th birthday! We had a great time! Juliet really enjoyed being there. She even sat with Papa quite a bit and went to him on her own. On Monday morning she sat with Grandma a long time while Papa played the guitar and they all three sang! Sweet memories!

Juliet ate in the high chair that has now seated 4 generations! Papa sat in it, Mama, me and now Juliet. She liked propping her feet up, as you can see. She also started signaling "touchdown" this weekend. Juliet's buddy Wynn, who stays with us on week days, taught Juliet. While watching the Alabama v. MSU game this weekend, when AL scored the commentator said, "Touchdown!" The ref signaled touchdown and Juliet threw her hands up in the air! Granddaddy and Grandma witrnessed it. So while she was eating, she thought it was fun. Most of the time it is just a one-armed touchdown.

We are looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with CeCe and Pops and visiting with the Laney's this month too!